The Girl Child

October 11th is International Day of the Girl Child, a day to raise awareness about female inequality around the world.

During the several years I lived in India, I saw plenty of female inequality. Here are some snippets of conversations I had with locals which highlight the plight of females. Share them, raise awareness, do your little bit for the cause.


Monsoon rain lashes the road, sending clouds of steam into the air, and men cover their heads with plastic bags and run for cover. Under every shop front awning is a swarm of men huddled together, their trouser bottoms darkened with saturation.

“Where are all the women?” I ask. “It’s mostly men on the streets.”

“At home, Madam, doing domestic work.”


“My father and brother always eat first. Whatever is left, my mother, sister and I share.”


“Did you finish school?” I ask.

“No, Madam. Mummy and Daddy arrange marriage.”

“How old were you when you married?”

“Fourteen, Madam.”

“So young!”

“Yes, Madam.” Her mouth forms a half-smile but her face is sombre.


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